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  WTTG    Fox 5 Morning News at 425am    News  News/Business. New.  

    September 9, 2010
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good thursday morning. we get a look at the washington monument on this thursday. temperatures nice and cool outside. thank you for joining us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. tba went is in for tucker this morning.
>> compared to yesterday, where we actually broke a record at one of our airports, we are so much cooler. it is actually going to feel more like september. -- gwen is in for tuckerthiss morning. as can you see, clear skies across the area. we have a canadian ridge of high pressure that is building in, compliments of my country folk there. it is a cool ridge of high pressure. we are seeing pretty cool conditions as we start out this morning. just the odd cloud skirting around. not too much to be concerned with at all. 57degrees at national airport. it is only 58 in baltimore and 55 at gaithersburg. but we've got 61 degrees to the south as far as manassas is concerned and 66 degrees at
fredericksburg. we'll continue to be on the cool side. so be prepared. today, as i said, much keeler than it was yesterday. we are talking mild and breezy. -- much cooler than it was yesterday. we are talking gusty winds in the course of this afternoon. be prepared for that. they will be gusting at least up to about 20 to 25 miles per hour. 75 by the time we hit midday and 78 by 4:00. what a far cry from yesterday where we were actually 96 degrees. >> big change. thank you so much. we want to take a look at this morning's top stories actually car hit two people walking on florida avenue last night and ended up in a restaurant. the driver lost control at 18th and u streets. two young women walking on florida avenue have serious injuries but nobody inside the
restaurant was injured. the state department is warning american embassies around the world to remain on alerted head of saturday's planned koran burning. the pastor remains defiant despite mounting pressure to stop the burning. the other big story, new poll numbers in the race for mayor. the new poll shows vincent gray ahead by seven points. robey chavez has more. >> reporter: the latest poll is more food news for vincent gray. it is the third poll in a week to put gray on top but there is still no clear-cut winner. >> it is clear that our message is getting out across the city that, people are supporting us. the other message is for for those whooshing on our campaign and that is keep working hard. >> reporter: adrian fenty did not make himself available for an interview but issued a statement saying, quote, the
only numbers that matter is the count when the polls close on election day. we are out on doorsteps every day getting our message out to as many voters as we can. >> i think it will be really close at the end. i've been reading a little bit about the polls and i think things will tighten up at the end. >> reporter: for now, the poll does make one thing clear. it is a city still deeply divided between black and white voters. fenty leads gray among white voters by a wide 68% margin. >> i have seen improvements in the city since he has been elected. i know his personality is an issue for people. i don't know that mush about gray. >> reporter: gray leads fenty with # 2% of african-american voters. gray says it is about jobs. >> we have to give people the confidence that this is a city that cares about people getting the training and being able to
get to work, have a job available to them when the training is over with. >> reporter: still, the poll has 14% of voters undecided. that means the election is in their hands. undecided voters say they want a leader to unify the city. their struggle is leer. >> if there was a candidate in the race for mayor that i would say could do it, it would be great. but again, fenty, he hasn't broken the city. the city is thriving. >> reporter: roby chavez, fox 5 news. good morning to you. it is thursday morning, september 9th as we get a live look at the washington monument to get you started today. it is nice and cool outside. starting to feel a lot more like fall. certainly a whole lot cooler than it was at this time yesterday. thank you for being with us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. gwen is in filling in for
tucker. so, yeah, it is feeling like fall now finally. >> it is. we are getting that september feel. twenty-four hours ago, it was the opposite. it felt like it was july all over again. we've got pretty clear skies across the area. temperatures now are still starting out a little on the cooler side as they were last evening but just the odd cloud or two can you see skirting through. we have a cold front that moved through across the region and continues to push its way off. it was a dry cold front. we did not get anything that we needed precipitation-wise and believe me, we are much in the need for rain right now. so, here is a look at where we hit yesterday temperature-wise, unbelievable compared to today. 96degrees at national airport. 93 at dulles where we broke a record yesterday. that was set back if 2007. and the average temperature for national is only 82 degrees. we were 14 degrees warmer
yesterday than we should have been. we hit 92 degrees at baltimore. far cry from where we're headed to today. 67degrees at national airport. we've got 55 at gaithersburg. 58 at baltimore. today, we are talking a cool 78 degrees. >> doesn't that sound nice? that is a good 0 degrees below where we were yesterday. >> i'm telling you. >> julie is in with the traffic. >> good morning. the outer loop of the beltway, they were doing temporary closures. they had some temporary closures in place. they also had roadwork set up off the inner loop. the roadway approaching 236. no problems to report off the around towards 95 and macing mac-- making your way over towards georgia avenue. if you are traveling on 95 southbound, overnight roadwork was in the two left lanes
leaving lorton as you continue down from the exit from woodbridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. new this morning, we've learned the victim of a deadly shooting in prince george's county was just 15 years old. investigators say justin pennell was shot and killed. he died from his injuries yesterday afternoon. so far, no suspect or motive in this case. also making headlines, a car goes out of control and runs into a d.c. restaurant and hits two people. d.c. firefighters say the car hit two women sending them to the hospital with serious injuries. the driver of the white car stayed on the scene and was seen by paramedics but she refused to go to the hospital. nobody inside the restaurant was injured. new developments in the race for d.c. mayor i'm new poll shows vincent gray ahead of mayor fenty by seven points which makes the next few days even more crucial for both
candidates. sarah simmons joins us live from an early polling place in northeast washington with more on our big story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is more good news for vince gray who -- his lead has grown since august. this is the third poll now in a week that has shown vincent gray on top here in this race which is becoming very, very close as you know. both vince gray and incumbent adrian fenty have really been out campaigning hard out there on the trail. it has developed into a tight race here over the last several weeks. yesterday, it showed that fenty is starting to get pretty worried here. he said at a ribbon cutting that he is seeking president obama's endorsement and the first lady. fenty is traying in many african-american neighborhoods where the president is still very popular now. gray has not sought the president's endorsement but he
says, hey, why not? >> we've touched people in the city. if the president would like to ebb dorse me, i would be happy to receive that endorsement. >> reporter: feinty does see the poll numbers. he says the only numbers that matter are going to be those numbers come election day. we did talk to him also about his strategy going into the next several days, which is, of course, less than a week away. take a listen to what he had to say. >> identify voters, get as many of them to the polls as possible to vince both undecided and self-voters that we are the right candidate for the job and to combine that into one big get out the vote effort on election day. >> reporter: and the poll that you mentioned just a while ago, 14% are undecided voters which means this election will be in their hands come next tuesday. that is the latest here in
northeast. back to you. >> thank you. another big story is the controversiy over burning the koran. pressure is coming down hard on the leader of a small church in florida. despite the threat of deadly consequences, he says he is still planning to burn coppies of the koran on september 11th. now, some members of the local muse millennium community in our area are adding their voices to this controversy. bob barnard spoke with them. >> don't do it. >> reporter: members of the washington area's muslim community meeting in silver spring now imploring that florida pastor not to mark the anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attack saturday by burping coppies of the koran. >> we believe that the majority of people are against his actions. we also believe as muslims that, when the koran is being attacked in a severe way where it is supposed to be burned, as muslims, we have an obligation to n public and defend the koran. >> reporter: run christian
church leader at the meeting calls the florida pastor's andics misguided. >> the lord has commanded us to go and preach the gospel into the world no to burn the scripture of other denominations. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton has weighed in calling the plan outrageous and disgraceful. >> so we are hoping that the pastor decides not to do this. we are hoping against hope that, if he does, it won't be covered. >> reporter: yet a slew of reporters and news cameras were in gainesville again today giving pastor terry jones his platform. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something is wrong, something is wrong. it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confronted terrorism. >> reporter: muslim leaders here say radical elements jones rails against are likely to unleash a new wave of violence
against the u.s. if islam al's holy book is burned. >> they will be employing more suicide bombs are to come and hurt the united states' interests. it's very small group but the perception given outside will be big and it is very, very dangerous. >> reporter: bob barnard, fox 5 news. >> thank you. a senator's aide is arrested for allegedly bringing an illegal drug into a building on capitol hill. coming up next, we'll have details and hear what the aide had to say. a fiery scene in the middle of a local street. we'll check more headlines when fox 5 morning news returns. this is the back to school list.
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attacked. the other trainer and the lioness were able to break it up. authorities are investigating to see what could have provoked the lion to attack. >> when i stepped outside this morning, it was so nice compared it this time yesterday morning. >> definitely. we have a really wide temperature range from yesterday to today. wait until you see. yesterday, it felt like july. but it does feel like september now. we'll show you exactly what we're talking about. some pretty, pretty clear skies out there as well. yes, the cool are air definitely arrives as we talk about our weather headlines here. be prepared for that. nothing like yesterday. temperatures are going to drop into the 50s and we've got another tropical storm to talk about. it is igor and we are talking about a chance of some rain on sunday and do we ever need the rain. we have been in an, treatmently dry period right now that.
rain will be very much on the welcome side. -- we have been in an extremely dry period right now. that rain will be very much on the welcome side. we'll have the influx of cooler air across the area from canada. you can see just a few clouds skirting through here but not too much there to talk about. look at these temperatures from yesterday. 96degrees at national airport. breaking a record at dulles of 93 degrees. and 92 at baltimore. now, 96, we're some 14 degrees warmer than we should be. today, we are nowhere near that. we talked about this earlier. we are pretty close to almost a 20-degree temperature difference by the time we head through into this afternoon. it is 67 right now at national airport. 55 at gaithersburg. we have agot 58 at baltimore. 59 at manassas and 65 to the south at fredericksburg. we have tropical storm igor to
talk about, moving very slowly. maximum sustained winds at 40 miles per hour. right now, there are watches in effect for the cape verde islands. other than that, not a whole lot going on. there is a chance it could possibly fizzle out. we'll hope so but we'll watch it. that ridge of high pressure building its way in. we are talking upper 70s today compared to 96 degrees yesterday. but no shortage of sunshine. we'll see the winds pick up. so today, expect to see the winds at least gusting to about 25 miles per hour in the course of the afternoon. we've got a northwesterly flow. be prepared for that. a little bit on the breezy side. the only other thing we'll be talking about is showing up in our five-day forecast and that is a fronteddal system that moves through on sunday. that is going to our chance of some rain. could see a thunderstorm or two pop up but we'll watch it closely. other than that, we are talking dry conditions as we head through into the weekend. thursday, friday, saturday, we start to warm up a little bit by saturday. creeping into the low 80s. we don't hang in there too
much. by monday, we are still at about 82 degrees. wimbledon meek, next week, another frontal system. this will be a welcome sight to the farmers out there because we know we so much do need the rainfall. temperatures pretty much on the cool side. we'll be close to seasonal by the time we get into the weekend. if you are planning just to squeeze maybe one more beach day in, saturday is definitely going to be the day when you should do it. let's take a look at traffic and see what is happening on the roads out there. should be pretty clear, julie wright. >> how it is looking it. >> i'm still stuck on the fact that you said beach day. >> should have known better. >> pretty light out there on the roads with no incidents reported at the wilson bridge. southbound # 70 off on to a quiet start out of hyattstown right now. no incidents reportedded as you continue down towards clarksburg. overnight construction at rockville that we typically see, i didn't see it at all.
looking good each direction both north and southbound along 270 between hyattstown and rockville. now, northbound i-95. nurse the clear headed up towards newington. it was southbound leaving newington down to lorton where we had overnight roadwork tying up the two right lanes. that has cleared on the southbound side. overnight construction on the inner loop at 236 is cleared. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. maryland's attorney general is getting involved in a prince george's county election scandal. bogus sample ballots were given out to voters. a prince george's county circumstance its court judge has issue awed temporary restraining order to stop that from being handed out. the rope is the endorsements are misleading. jennifer davis explains. >> reporter: the sample campaign ballots these volunteers are handing out are legal. but the attorney general says some handed and mailed out over the weekend were against the law because they were made to look like the official democratic party sample ballot
but they were that this was com illegal,ibilitiantly illegal and in violation of state election laws because there was a committee put on that ballot, which doesn't exist of course it is not registered in the state of maryland. >> reporter: printing on the brochure says it was authorized by citizens for change and i nan named charles summer. >> i am not disputing that i consulted mr. summers in putting this together to let him know that protocol had to be followed in terms of people being on the front. i let him go and to say who he wanted to vote for. >> county council candidate jerry mathis says he didn't have to register with the state because he is one man, not an election committee. >> if it is misleading, we apologize for that. if we've done something that is wrong, i will take the responsibility of explaining why it was the way it was. >> reporter: state stentor
anthony muse had called for an investigation into this. state attorney p candidate angela also owebrooks had also asked for an investigation. both candidates are relieved the attorney general has taken action. >> i'm going to hope we can get the message out to voters that if if the judges around courts have said this is wrong. >> i have every confidence that at the end of day, they will vote for the people that they believe best serve them. >> reporter: jennifer davis, fox 5 news. we can tell you whether the sample ballot you have is fake or real. log on to our web site and we'll show what you to look for. just click on maryland or politics under the news tab. could the world cup soccer tournament be coming to fedex field? the inspection delegation took a tour of the stadium yesterday. it is in the united states for a three-day, five-city tour for the proposed 2018 and 2022 world cup. you can now surf the web at
the national mall. the city installed 220 free wi- fi hot spots on the mall. city officials say the free wi- fi will improve the mall for residents and tourists visiting museums and memorials. i hop is coming to columbia heights. the restaurant is moving into the d.c. usa shopping center. councilmember jim graham says it will bring 100 new jobs with it. this is only the second ihop in the district. you can visit four historic alexandria museums for tree thanks to the smithsonian. -- you have to print out a pass though. we've put a link to that on our web site, new research shows elderly men are more like to suffer memory problems than their female counterparts. researchers tested the memory and thinking skills of 2,000 people and found that men had mild cognitive impartiment or
mci at a rate one and a half times higher than women. and another new study shows quitting smoking could be harder to do than first thought. the data reveals that although u.s. choking rates have dropped in the last 0 years, very little has changed over the past five. bill keller has more. >> reporter: despite everything we already know about smoking, one in five are still lighting up on a regular basis. >> i am a guilty smoker. but i still do it anyway. >> reporter: but more alarming, teens aren't getting the message about the dangers of smoking, puffing away at virtually the same rate as adults. >> i think teenagers are a little bit different. they are aren't quite aware of are risks involved. >> reporter: this cardiologist says there is no magic bullet for quitting but if you can, you will reduce your risk of a heart attack by 50% after about a year. stay smoke-free for three years and as far as your heart is concerned, it is as if you never smoked at all. >> it is good news for people
who say i have abeen smoking for 0 years. >> reporter: each year, more than 40% of smokers try to quit and yet less than 5% succeed in quitting. after kicking the habit for 1 years, stacy matthews is back at it again trying to quit for the second time with the help of electronic cigarettes. >> these are the cartridges. you charge this part. it has the battery in it. this part has the actual nicotine. >> reporter: matthews says she has already cut her smoking in half but experts say it is really best to talk to your doctor about making plain to kick your unique habit. >> people smoke for a variety of reasons. and the best way to get at what is right for any particular person on how to quit smoking is going to be looking at that individual. >> we have much more still ahead on fox 5 morning news. coming up in our next half hour, a fox 5 investigation. people caught texting while they should be focused on doing their jobs and this might be
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the nfl kicks off its regular season tonight with a rematch of last year's nfc championship game. the super bowl champs northerly ebbs saints against bret favre's minnesota vikings. donovan mcnabb seems ready to go. yesterday, he was ask what had percent he felt health-wise. >> it doesn't really matter at this point. this is the regular season. this is what it is all about. so it is time to play football.
>> planning on not changing anything. if he is healthy, he is healthy. we goant go in with him half healthy. if he is ready to go, we're in the holding back. >> the other big redskin story, albert haynesworth. there was widespread viewpointor that he was on the trading block with his old team the titans. the general manager bruce allen has denied those rumors and yesterday head coach mike shanahan made things pretty clear. >> you just stated that albert will be with the team on sunday. >> i just thought i would help you guys. >> if somebody called you right now and had something they wanted to talk about, you are saying you wouldn't listen to that? >> i guess he didn't hear what i said. i said what. >> you said he would be with the team on sunday. >> okay. >> there is nothing that could change that. >> you guys are tough. >> if he wasn't here, i think you would call